is an amazing woman. She first started coming to Russia when she was a young
girl, drawn here by the romance we all feel with this forbidden land. She
continued her studies with a Russian tint, finally graduating from the Monterrey
Institute (the old CIA training school) with an MBA. Unlike the rest of the
MBA/Russian language crowd, she did not come back to Russia to make a killing in
business; she came back as a Peace Corps Volunteer.
Hannah, chilling with chi in my kitchen.
I have never figured out exactly why she did that. As one of the few ex-PCV’s
to land a job here, I always felt very humble and quite lucky when I chatted with
her. Of all of us in the Peace Corps, she was the one who could have found a job
the easiest, and made the most in the private sector.
Hannah is not one to jump ship though, and she did the full Peace Corps,
doing the unimaginable: surviving in Moscow on a Peace Corps salary ($250/month
+ housing). Granted, she does live like a Russian, and with a Russian, so she
knows all the cheap ways to do things. Still, I knew that I could never live in
Moscow on that kind of money when I was in the Peace Corps. I wanted to be sent
as far away form there as possible, so I could actually live above the poverty
line, in the lifestyle I was accustomed to.
When I was still there, with my crazy-hours job, and her living and working outside the
ring, we didn’t get together as often as we should. She was one of the few links I
had left with the Peace Corps, and my main gossip source. Now that I am gone & she is still there, her info is more important than ever, So, Hannah, drop me a line, inquiring minds want to know, and will send gifts!